Student-created Boxasaurus exhibit at Rockford Airport

From press release

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is hosting the Sixth Annual Boxasaurus display, showcasing dinosaurs created by local students using boxes and other crafts.

The display features dinosaurs created by nearly 80 second-graders at White Swan Elementary School in Rockford.

Cathy Schnader, second-grade teacher at White Swan, said: “They come in all shapes and sizes, some are very tiny and some are huge. They get bigger and better every year. I’ve seen papier-mâché, oatmeal boxes, PVC pipes, you name it. They really have free rein to do what they want. This is something that they get excited about. They love dinosaurs.”

Those who want to see the dinosaurs for themselves have plenty of time. Boxasauruses will be on display in the Terminal Building until May. They will be located at the top of the escalators before the security checkpoint so travelers and visitors can see them.

RFD Executive Director Bob O’Brien said: “We’re excited to again host this wonderful community event, and so proud of the local students, families and teachers who took part in creating these dinosaurs. Our terminal is a place where travelers can see the best of the Rockford area, and this year’s group of dinosaurs fit that perfectly.”

Students not only put the dinosaurs together, but also wrote reports and stories about dinosaurs. Schnader said she’s spoken to past students who have held on to their dinosaurs and still display them proudly at home. She’s also received notes from airport visitors who appreciate the display each year.

Along with Schnader, second-grade teachers Linda Cascio and Shannan Callahan also assisted with the project.

From the March 2-8, 2011, issue

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